UAE Calls For Immediate Release of Rwabee Ship, Its Crew Hijacked By Houthi

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the UN, Lana Nusseibeh on Monday called for the immediate release of the Rwabee ship and its crew members, which were hijacked by Iran-backed Houthi militia on January 3.

A letter to the UN Security Council signed by Nusseibeh said the ship was seized when it was carrying medical supplies in the Red Sea.

Nusseibeh said the ship and its 11 crew members who were from different nationalities were taken by Houthi rebels illegally.

According to the letter, seven Indian sailors, an Ethiopian and an Indonesian, a Filipino, and a sailor from Myanmar were on board Rwabee.

The Rwabee was on a mission from Socotra Island to Jazan port carrying equipment from a field hospital that was established by Saudi Arabia on the island, according to the letter. 

Nusseibeh said previously 13 commercial ships were targeted the Houthi rebels in which they seized three in the Red Sea.

“Houthi’s activities have generated concern for the freedom and security of navigation and international trade in the Red Sea,” Nusseibeh added.

Yemeni Houthi rebels however claimed that they seized a UAE-flagged ship that was carrying military equipment and illegally entered Yemeni waters.

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